Leadership communications with Rob Cottingham
Whether you’re a leader who needs to connect with audiences, or a communications professional helping leaders tell their stories — this podcast is for you.

You’ll find out what I’ve learned over three decades of speechwriting, speaking and communications strategy. And you’ll meet some guests with their own wisdom to share on reaching audiences with powerful messages.

Ep. 37. Making the most of a rally speech, with guest Tzeporah Berman: part 2

Ep. 37. Making the most of a rally speech, with guest Tzeporah Berman: part 2

Political protest is on the rise — and with it, a growing need for leaders to speak to protest rallies. This episode, we talk with veteran environmental and climate campaigner Tzeporah Berman about rally speeches: how to plan, write and deliver them for maximum impact. This two-part episode started with a discussion on planning your speech and thinking about strategy. Here in part two, we conclude by talking about writing and delivery.

Ep. 36. Making the most of a rally speech, with guest Tzeporah Berman: part 1

Ep. 36. Making the most of a rally speech, with guest Tzeporah Berman: part 1

Political protest is on the rise — and with it, a growing need for leaders to speak to protest rallies. This episode, we talk with veteran environmental and climate campaigner Tzeporah Berman about rally speeches: how to plan, write and deliver them for maximum impact. This two-part episode starts with a discussion on planning your speech and thinking about strategy. We’ll conclude in part two by talking about writing and delivery.

Ep. 35. Speechwriters on stage

Ep. 35. Speechwriters on stage

Want to be a better speechwriter? One of the best ways to improve your speechwriting is to get out from behind your keyboard and get in front of an audience. Why speechwriters should also be speakers — and how you can get started.

Ep. 32. Getting started in speechwriting

Ep. 32. Getting started in speechwriting

There’s no well-worn, signposted career path to being a speechwriter. That’s the bad news. The good news? There are plenty of other paths in. This episode, we look at how to break into speechwriting — and some lessons from my own first big break.

Ep. 29. Broaden your media diet

Ep. 29. Broaden your media diet

This episode, we talk about how expanding the kinds of media you like to read, watch and listen to can make you a better speechwriter and speaker.